Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wilkes County Fair and Livestock Shows

The Wilkes County Fair is just around the corner. The fair will be held on October 13-17, 2009 at the Wilkes County Fairgrounds. For more information and directions check out the Wilkes County Fair WEBSITE.

Tuesday, October 13 - Beef and Meat
Goat Shows
6pm at the Livestock Barn
Entry Forms due by October 5th.

Thursday, October 15 Pet Show
5:30 pm Livestock Barn

For a full list of classes and registration forms click HERE.

Friday, September 18, 2009

West Central District 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Fall Day


The upcoming Leaders' Fall day will be Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Rowan County Extension Center in Salisbury, North Carolina from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is open to those who are current leaders or volunteers or to anyone interested in learning more about 4-H.

Cost: Free

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The deadline to register is Friday, November 6th!

This year workshop topics include: What is ACE, Project Books from A to Z, Goat Basics, Woodworking, Friends of State Parks, Etiquette, Gifts by Nature and Sew Resourceful. For a detailed agenda, please click HERE.

Transportation will be provided, at no charge, to the first five registrants. For more information or to register contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597 or e-mail

Thursday, September 17, 2009

4-H Zooms into National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week will take off with a speedy start on October 4th, as the 4-H emblem makes its debut appearance in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The well-known national icon will be featured on the 'TV panel' of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon at Kansas Speedway that day. The placement of the 4-H clover on the No. 24 Chevrolet was made possible through a generous donation by DuPont, sponsor of both the No. 24 team and of 4-H.
National 4-H Week is an annual celebration for the 100-year old youth development organization. The highlight of the week includes the highly anticipated, 4-H National Youth Science Day, which brings together millions of youth to participate in the National Science Experiment. This year's experiment, Biofuel Blast, will introduce youth to alternative energy. DuPont is a premier sponsor of 4-H National Youth Science Day and the Biofuel Blast National Science Experiment.

"The appearance of the 4-H emblem on Jeff Gordon's car in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a wonderful salute to 4-H by DuPont, and an amazing way for us to begin National 4-H Week," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council. "Now, millions of current 4-H'ers, 4-H alumni and racing fans alike can watch with excitement as the clover takes to the track for the first time."

The Kansas event is the third in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and the 1.5-mile track is the site of two of Gordon's 82 career victories in NASCAR's premier division.

"4-H has been a leader among youth development organizations, enriching the lives of millions of young people for more than100 years," said Gordon. "It is an honor to have such an iconic emblem featured on the DuPont Chevrolet and to provide such an exciting way to help the nation kick-off National 4-H Week."

4-H National Youth Science Day was created to spark an early youth interest in science education and to combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science in college and future careers. Participants in this year's National Science Experiment will learn how cellulose and sugars in plants - such as corn, switchgrass, sorghum and algae - can be converted into fuel, and how alternative energies can be used in their own communities. Youth will create their own biofuel through Biofuel Blast, lead discussions about what they've learned, and see how their small creations are a part of a larger, global discussion.

"Research into biofuels and bio-based materials is an important area for our company, and we are proud to sponsor 4-H in their extraordinary effort to help young people understand one of the most important issues facing our nation today," said James C. Borel, group vice president, DuPont Agriculture.

Currently, more than five million youth across the nation take part in 4-H science, engineering and technology (SET) year-long programming that introduce youth to new areas of interest and help them explore environmental and scientific issues. 4-H SET programming span from robotics, rocketry, and computer science, to agricultural science, GPS mapping and renewable energy.

According to a longitudinal study by Tufts University, youth who participate in 4-H programs are more likely to get better grades in school, to seek out science classes, to see themselves going to college, and to contribute positively in their communities. In addition, 4-H youth have been shown to better resist peer pressure and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Glow in the Dark Party

Who: Youth ages 8—15
When: Friday, October 9—Saturday, October 10
Cost: $5
Where: Surry County Extension Office
Registration Deadline: September 30th

Don’t miss out on this exciting sleepover adventure as we make our way to Surry County for a glowing night of food, games, arts and crafts, entertainment, and a glow in the dark obstacle course all in celebration of National 4-H week (October 4th-10th).

Saturday morning we will be traveling to Fisher River Park to participate in the Big Sweep project.

We will meet at the Alleghany Extension Office at 5 pm on Friday and will return on Saturday around 12 pm. Snacks and breakfast will be provided. We encourage you to invite a friend even if they are not currently a 4-H'er. Space is limited so be sure to call now to register.

You will be given a suggested list of things to bring when you register.

For more information and to register contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597 or e-mail

West Central 4-H District Science Fair

When: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Where: Catawba Science Center
Deadline for entry: September 30, 2009

Set up begins at 8:00 am
Judging begins at 9:00 am
Entry Forms due by September 30th
Hands-on science workshops while you wait for judging!

Junior (9-13) and Senior (14-18): 1st—$75,
2nd place-$50, 3rd place-$25
Electric and Energy Junior and Senior:
1st-$100, 2nd place-$50, 3rd place-$25
Cloverbuds (5-8) may enter a project or science poster in a non competitive category

What is required at the science fair?
1) A tri-fold display, explaining the steps of your project
2) Some participants include visuals showing parts of their projects
3) A copy of your research paper is also optional
4) Be prepared to answer judges questions about your project

For more information on completing a science fair project visit:

Entry forms can be found HERE or by contacting the
Extension Office. Need help finding a project or for more information contact Amy Lucas @ (336) 372-5597 or

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September Clover News

The September Clover News is now available. Click here to find out all the new and exciting things going on.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Open Youth Horse Show

The second Open Youth Horse Show of 2009 will be held on Saturday, September 12th. The gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Click here for the Show Program which lists all the classes for the day.

The cost to participate in the show is $4 per class or $20 to show all day. Friday night (September 11th) there will be a show pre-registration as well as an open ring from 7 - 8:30 pm.


Congratulations to Kacey Caudill, an Alleghany County 4-H'er for being one of the selected winners in the Run with the Pack competition sponsored by North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives and NC 4-H. Kacey won three tickets to the upcoming NC State vs. Gardner Webb football game on September 19th as well as meals and a chance to go out on the field before the game. Congratulations Kacey!!